Heinrich Heine sang their praises at least a century ago, but the men don’t get much of a look in
The notion of Polish women being of unparalleled beauty is an old one: the 19th-century German Heinrich Heine was a big fan, describing the “schöne Polin” as an “angel on earth”, an “Aphrodite of the Vistula”.
More recently, a journalist from the Sydney Morning Herald enthused (honestly): “Polish women may not be famous worldwide for their beauty but the average girl on the street can fair dinkum stop your heart with Arctic eyes peering out from under a fur-lined hood.”
And as for the men? Not so much.
Two years ago a dating website that claimed to only accept the most beautiful singletons warned Polish men (as well as Russians and Brits) to expect a knockback.
Greg Hodge, managing director of BeautifulPeople.com, claimed only 9% of male Polish applicants were attractive enough to join his site, compared with 39% of Polish women.
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